The speaker at the September meeting of the Dawlish Garden Society was Chris Seagon who with his wife Jenny own the Edible Garden Nursery at Whiddon Down. They have been growing plants for over 20 years chemical, heat and peat free, so have plenty of experience to share about the right conditions and soil that these plants will thrive in.
Chris brought along a variety of strong healthy plants to show, describing why we should add them into our own garden or even in pots on the patio. He had top tips for dealing with slugs and snails saying “Encourage wildlife such as hedgehogs and birds to visit your garden”. He described how he mixes his own compost recipe from a soil base with plenty of bark for free drainage. He even had some culinary advice on how to enhance a chicken with a sprig of Myrtle pushed under the skin before cooking. With about 15,500 edible plants in the world surely there must be some space for something edible?
Flower of the month was won with a fabulous Fuchsia, a welcome return from Anne Lambert.
Next meeting is at the Manor House at 7.15 on Thursday October 25th when the subject will be the Italian Garden at Great Ambrook. Visitors always given a warm welcome.
Find out more about future meetings, Flower Show results and photographs at www.dawlishgardensociety.org.uk
Photo: Jenny and Chris Seagon